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Episode Info: “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” – The Apostles Creed How would you describe the Holy Spirit? More pointedly, how would you describe your relationship with the Holy Spirit? Most followers of Jesus acknowledge the Holy Spirit as a core part of the Christian faith. And yet, despite this, many believers don’t fully understand or truly embrace the Holy Spirit as a reality in their daily spiritual walk. This fall at Grace we will engage in a sermon series designed to resolve this disconnect. (SLIDE #2) In truth, this series is based on feedback from many of you over this last year. For more than 10 years as your pastor, I have repeatedly pointed to and underscored the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in our journey of faith as Christians. And yet, very recently, several in this community have expressed some difficulty and confusion about the tangible manifestation and practical working of the Holy Spirit in their everyday lives. In hearing this and after some time spent in prayerful discernment, I have become convinced this was exactly the direction the Lord wanted us to go together. So here are we. Over the next few months, together we will reflect in some detail upon key biblical passages that illuminate the person, the role of, and our relationship with the Holy Spirit. By the grace of God, the goal of this series is to inspire and equip each of us to better understand and more fully embrace the active, daily role of the Holy Spirit in every area of witness, ministry, and mission as the Body of Christ. This message is going to lay the foundation for the rest of the series. Keep in mind, there are many things I will be touching on this morning that over the next few weeks I will be diving into more depth and detail. • “Mmhm” or “Oh!” sermon Our primary focus today will be getting to know the Holy Spirit. Probably the best place in scripture to do this is in the Gospel of John, where Jesus formally introduces his disciples & us to the Holy Spirit. While there are other references earlier in the gospels, here is where Jesus goes into some detail about the Holy Spirit. We’ll be reading from chapter 14 but the conversation about the Holy Spirit extends all the way through chapter 16. I’ll be digging into things Jesus has to say across all three chapters that help us get to know the Holy Spirit better. This conversation is taking place in the midst of great fear, uncertainty, & confusion. Jesus and his disciples are in the Upper Room. This is night when Jesus will be betrayed, arrested, & begin his journey to the Cross – to die. Jesus knows his time has come and he will be leaving his followers. However, Jesus does not want them to be without some future perspective, as well as some assurances. So, Jesus speaks to them about many different subjects – one of the main ones being the coming of the Holy Spirit. (SLIDES #3 – 6) So, let me confess one of my early struggles with the Holy Spirit. ...
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